Programme 4 September 2019

The Choice of Arnon Grunberg

FilmThe Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (trailer)

Peter Greenaway, United Kingdom/The Netherlands/France, 1989, English subtitels

The wife of Mafia boss Albert Spica has a relationship with a bookseller, who is completely different from Spica. Every evening, his wife meets her lover right under Spica's nose at Le Hollandais, the restaurant that Spica and his wife love to visit. The chef makes sure they are not caught. But, eventually Spica finds out. Then it’s time for revenge.


5:30 pmRoof and bar open, buffet open
7:00 pmMusical interlude:
Isaac Bullock
Singer-songwriter, VU-alumnus and former performer from the film festival Isaac Bullock performs, among other things, a few of his own songs.
8:15 pm
A conversation with director Greenaway and Writer in Residence Grunberg:
Peter Greenaway
With sets and clothing designed by Jean-Paul Gaulthier, very strong acting by Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren and Alan Howard, and a story with such lurid sides that the film was banned in the US for a while, The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover is an absolute masterpiece with which Greenaway managed to make his own mark on the film world. Writer in Residence Arnon Grunberg and director Peter Greenaway will discuss the realization of this monumental film on Wednesday 4 September, prior to the screening.
8:45 pm
Start film


Open buffet including antipasti, salads, sandwiches and soups. There is sufficient supply for vegetarians. Do you have other dietary requirements or allergies? Please let us know at least 24 hours in advance via

You can eat from 5:30 to 8:15 pm.

  • Standard tickets €13 | €20 with meal included (SOLD OUT)
  • Tickets for students and VU Association members €7.50 | €13 with food included (SOLD OUT)
  • Special promotion for VU staff €11, food always included

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You can find more information about the programme here:
Tuesday 3 September
Thursday 5 September
Friday 6 September

photo Arnon Grunberg: © Sander Voerman